Arts preview: 'The Performers'

Jim Fischer
Columbus Alive
Victor Little, Lauren Monteleone and Dionysia Williams in Short North Stage's "The Performers”

Short North Stage has presented all kinds of wackiness at the Garden Theater, from “horror film and B-movie spoof” to “fantasy musical set in an Argentine prison” to “disturbed puppet takes over church play,” so it's nice to see that this month they're offering audiences a “nice, pleasing romantic comedy.”

About porn stars.

Set at the Adult Video Awards in Las Vegas (which also happen to be a real thing), “The Performers” finds a reporter in attendance to interview an old friend and adult film star. The reporter's fiancee becomes increasingly uncomfortable among the porn-star married couples, as porn culture is sent up by way of “punny porno titles, fake boobs and dick jokes,” director Edward Carignan said.

What she learns, though, is that “the porn stars also have the best insights on love and relationships,” Carignan said, a veteran actor among them proving a “guiding force” for the young lovers.

There's also a hint of an uplifting message on behalf of outsiders of all kinds, but don't let that fool you. “The Performers” is a farcical romp set against a sexy backdrop.

Garden Theatre

Thursdays-Sundays through Feb. 25

1187 N. High St., Short North